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Paralympic athlete visits Chalone Peaks

Posted: Thursday, Jan 24th, 2013


Submitted photo - Brent Poppen speaks with students at Chalone Peaks Middle School recently. Poppen became a quadriplegic at age 16, and went on to represent the United States in the 2004 and 2008 Paralympic Games.


KING CITY — Mr. Wells’ and Ms. Agius’ students heard paralympic athlete Brent Poppen speak in their physical education classes at Chalone Peaks Middle School.

Mr. Poppen became a quadriplegic at age 16. He was at church camp in the mountains near Fresno when his injury occurred. He and a boy who he had never met before were doing their own version of professional wrestling. Mr. Poppen put his head in the other boy’s chest; he then lifted the boy and they both fell sideways. The boy fell on top of Mr. Poppen’s head and damaged his spinal cord at his neck, making him quadriplegic. Mr. Poppen explained that there are two types of spinal cord injuries: an incomplete and a complete injury. His injury was an incomplete injury, which means that he has some sensation lower than where the break in the spinal cord is.



For the complete article see the 01-23-2013 issue.

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